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Hmm: dHillarious Camp
Claims Zero Emails Exist Between Top Spokesman and Reporters
Guy Benson
"Rise up together as one voice"
"Be careful where you stand"
Richard Trumka, the head of America’s largest labor union, will rally liberal activists today against President Obama’s trade policies. Fox News First has a preview of the AFL-CIO leader’s speech to the Center for American Progress. The message is that Obama’s request for new trade authority is a bad deal. From the prepared remarks for Trumka’s speech to the group this morning: “We wanted a new template, one we could endorse. We can’t endorse these. We’ve seen nothing but the same [North American Free Trade Agreement]-era framework…But make no mistake about it, NAFTA-style trade deals that put Wall Street first and workers last are goners, no matter how ‘progressive’ their advocates portray them to be. We are ready to stand with President Obama in realizing the vision of global economic growth and equity.  But first he has to decide if that is the vision that will animate his trade policies.” - Fox News
National Journal’s Charlie Cook
explains why no matter how Democrats work the numbers or take shots at the messengers, the party’s hopes for holding the Senate are slipping. “If you had to bet today on the outcome, the odds would strongly favor Republicans getting halfway to their goal of a net gain of six seats in Democratic open seats: GOP candidates are favorites in South Dakota, West Virginia, and, to a slightly lesser extent, Montana. Four Democratic incumbents are embroiled in very tough races: Mark Begich in Alaska, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, and Kay Hagan in North Carolina. All are running roughly even, slightly ahead, or even behind their GOP rivals. The races, in our view, are absolutely in the Toss-Up column.”  - Fox News
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told the
St. Louis Dispatch that she and 2016 Democratic frontrunner dHillarious Clinton “are fine.” McCaskill was one of the first to enlist in the Clintonista group Ready for dHillarious, but her 2008 endorsement of then-Sen. Barack nObama is just part of the bad blood between her and dHillarious. A recent book on the Clinton campaign machine says the former first lady was furious with McCaskill over comments she made in 2006 in which stated she would not let former President Bill Clinton near her daughter. “Are we besties for the rest of our lives? No,” McCaskill said, but assured the paper that they could work together to retain Democratic control of the White House.
Dynastic road show -
AP: “Their presidential plans may be uncertain but one thing is clear: [former Florida Republican Governor] Jeb Bush and [2016 Democratic frontrunner] dHillarious Rodham Clinton keep bumping into each other. Bush and Clinton were taking the podium Monday at a higher education conference in suburban Dallas organized by Bush… It is at least the third time in the past year that Bush and Clinton were crossing paths.”  - Fox News
Two weeks ago, President nObama and his administration were adamant that not only would there be no delay in nObamaCare fines set to kick in on Monday, but, in the words of a Department of Health spokeswoman, “In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” So why did the administration on Tuesday night suddenly discover that it did have the power to delay the individual mandate by two weeks? Likely because the central provision of the president’s signature law is a dog with voters. Aside from the early problems with the nObamaCare Web site there’s the fact that many of the uninsured Americans purportedly helped by the new entitlement cannot afford it. That’s not cool in an election year in which Democrats are already set to lose several senate seats, and possibly their majority, due to public outrage over the woe begotten law. The question is will this be enough. Not likely. -
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Reuters: “Republicans filed a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives late on Tuesday to avert a pay cut for doctors who participate in the Medicare health program for the elderly and disabled. Backers are hopeful that the Republican-led House will approve the measure as early as Thursday, and then send it to the Democratic-led Senate for final congressional approval. Republicans offered the bill two weeks after the House, on a largely party-line vote, passed an earlier version that would have delayed for five years the tax penalty most Americans must pay if they decline to sign up for President Barack nObama's landmark healthcare program.” - Fox News

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen will testify today for the first time about the refusal of embattled former executive Lois Lerner to answer questions about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. But the back and forth over IRS misdeeds is starting to make its way into the midterm election discussion. The conservative group American Encore is putting $250,000 behind an
ad blasting Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., for promoting rule changes that would enable the IRS to crack down on the political activities of nonprofit groups. From the ad: “The nObama administration recently proposed new rules at the IRS to control the speech of certain non-profits. In 2012, Sen. Franken pressured the IRS to target these group. He thinks free speech should depend upon who is speaking and wants the IRS to make that call...” Franken, who won his 2008 race by 312 votes after an eight-month recount process, is considered fairly secure in his bid for a second term in the deep blue state. But, with an expanding Senate map for Republicans, this issue which unites activists on the left and right, might help bring seats like Franken’s into play. Watch Fox: Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel is following the latest on the probe into IRS wrongdoing. - Fox News
 Bin Laden son-in-law convicted in NYC terror trial 
Usama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is convicted on charges he conspired to kill Americans in his role as Al Qaeda spokesman following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. 
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 Valerie Jarrett’s Influence on nObama 
Valerie Jarrett is President nObama’s single most important and influential adviser. No one else in the White or the entire administration is as close to nObama...She has been described as everything from his “right-hand woman” to like a sister and even a mother to nObama. To cite some mainstream/leftist sources: The New York Times says she’s nObama’s “closest friend in the White House,” his “envoy,” his “emissary,” and his “all-purpose ambassador.” The Times calls her the “ultimate nObama insider.” Dana Milbank says her connection to nObama is “deep and personal” and that she’s “the real center of nObama’s inner circle.” nObama himself calls her one of his “oldest friends” and says “I trust her completely.” As for Jarrett, she says that she and nObama have a “shared view of where the United States fits in the world.” She says they “have kind of a mind meld.” She’s says that “chances are, what he wants to do is what I’d want to do.” There are doing some pretty darn damages to America.
 nObama Administration: We Never Mean a Word We Say 
No, it cannot happen. It will not happen. The nObama administration absolutely, positively will NOT extend the deadline to sign up for nObamacare...This isn’t even a laugh line anymore. It’s just an eye roller. And how silly these guys look now: “We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period. In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” — Health and Human Services (HHS) official Julie Bataille, March 11.
 Dem Senator’s Response to Second Amendment Concerns 
Pro-gun control State Senator Josh Miller (D) has a message for second amendment advocates who are concerned the legislation he is backing would turn them into criminals... “Go fuck yourself”. Infowars correspondent Dan Bidondi approached Miller and other lawmakers at the Rhode Island State House where a slew of anti-second amendment legislation was set to be heard later that evening. “The second amendment shall not be infringed, you people need to understand that,” Bidondi told Miller. Bidondi asks Rhode Island residents to consider whether they want to re-elect a foul-mouthed individual who responds when challenged in such an unprofessional manner.
 A Scary Alliance Between Exxon and Putin 
In the midst of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, few people have taken notice of the deep alliance between ExxonMobil (XOM) and the state-controlled Russian oil company, Rosneft...You see, years before the annexation of Crimea chilled U.S.-Russian relations, Exxon had struck a multi-billion-dollar deal with Rosneft. Rosneft needed the expertise of Western oil companies, and Exxon was happy to access Russia’s plentiful resources.
 Terrifying Ebola outbreak spreading fast 
The Ebola virus that has killed at least 59 people of the 80 who initially contracted it in Guinea now threatens all of West Africa, as health officials in Liberia try to determine if recent deaths there are connected...Six cases have been reported of which five have already died, including a child, Liberian Health Minister Walter Gwenigale said in a statement, according to Agence France-Presse. There was a suspicion that Ebola had migrated to Canada, with one victim hospitalized this week with a fever and bleeding, but health officials said tests fo Ebola were negative.
 Pin drop! nObama lawyer stuns Supreme justice 
In a dramatic moment at the Supreme Court Tuesday, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told justices that U.S. business owners have no religious freedom to reject government mandates forcing them to cover abortions...Justices and lawyers also sparred over whether businesses actually have religious freedom and whether striking down the nObamacare mandate makes women second-class citizens. “This was actually the most exciting part of the oral argument this morning, when Justice Kennedy asked the government’s lawyer, ‘So under your argument, corporations could be forced to pay for abortions, that there would be no religious claim against that on the part of the corporation. Is that right?’ And the government’s attorney said yes,” Ruse said. “You could hear a pin drop, and I think that stunned Justice Kennedy. Since he’s always the swing vote, you want to stun him in a way that pushes him over to your side of the column,”
 The Dem Party’s War on Black People and How to Counter It 
As one of the relatively few people (percentage wise) to have spent more than a decade on both sides of our political divide, and also to have participated personally in the civil rights movement in the South in the sixties...I am going to say something that will be extremely controversial to liberals, indeed make them hate me. Given all those years I spent on the two sides, I have observed liberals to be vastly more racist than conservatives and libertarians. It isn’t even close. During the time I was on the left, I heard  many racially disparaging comments by my associates either offered in confidence or as off-hand remarks. During my time on the right, I heard such a comment only one time — and that was by a Frenchman. I will add that, though I don’t classify myself as a Tea Party member, in the seven years I was CEO of PJ Media, I met or spoke on the phone with dozens of  Tea Partiers. Not a single one of them ever said or did anything that approached racism to me. And I was certainly paying attention. That was my job.
 EPA  ‘Authority to Regulate Private Property’ 
The Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled its proposed rule to bring natural and man-made bodies of water big and tiny under the purview of the Clean Water Act...sparking accusations that the administration has embarked on an unprecedented breach of private property rights without scientific basis. This launches a “robust outreach effort” to gather input in shaping a final rule over the next 90 days, the EPA said, maintaining that the rulemaking isn’t groundbreaking but a clarification effort needed to clearly define streams and wetlands protection after Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.
 Are All Politicians Stupid, or Just American Politicians? 
Trifecta continues its examination of American political stupidity by asking whether all politicians are stupid, or just the ones in the United States...British politicians, irrespective of party, appear witty and well-informed. So what is wrong with American politicians like Joe Biden, who seem so dumb that they have become late night comedy laugh lines?
 Great majority illegal immigrants immune from deportation
The nObama administration’s immigration polities have provided a de facto amnesty for most of the illegal immigrants living in the United States, according to Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions... “Under the guise of setting ‘priorities,’ the Administration has determined that almost anyone in the world who can enter the United States is free to illegally live, work and claim benefits here as long as they are not caught committing a felony or other serious crime,” Sessions said Wednesday in conjunction with a three-page report, obtained by The Daily Caller, detailing the administration’s immigration “lawlessness.” Sessions’ three-pager labeled “DHS Enforcement Data Reveals Administrative Amnesty Much Broader Than Previously Understood” shows even future visa overstays and illegal immigrants will not face any repercussions. We knew, all of knew this would happen under this prez.
Hmm: dHillarious Camp
Claims Zero Emails Exist Between Top Spokesman and Reporters
Guy Benson
    Via America Rising, a very curious assertion by Team dHillarious buried within the Associated Press' sweeping review of the nObama administration's steep descent into secrecy. Before we get to the controversy involving Clintonworld, here's the AP's lede on what has become of Barack  nObama's transparency "touchstone:"

The nObama administration has a way to go to fulfill its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history. More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests. The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category...the government's efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack nObama took office.

     More censorship, less responsiveness, longer FOIA wait times -- and it's gotten worse. This president is a fraud. But that's old news. nObama is unpopular, he's lost independents, and he's on the fast track to lame duck status. But she who would be queen is another story. Charles Krauthammer has long discussed the administration's successful and ongoing stonewall on the Benghazi massacre, but that matter doesn't appear to be the only front on which Clinton's protectors are fogging over details. Hmmm:

Sometimes, the government said it searched and couldn’t find what citizens wanted…Likewise, [John] Cook, departing as the editor at Gawker, was exasperated when the State Department told him it couldn’t find any emails between journalists and Philippe Reines, dHillarious Clinton’s personal spokesman when Clinton was secretary of state. … “They said there were no records,” Cook said of the State Department.

    Really? State is claiming they can't produce a single email between Sec. Clinton's personal spokesperson during her entire tenure? Even when we have this email trail in which Reines memorably told a Buzzfeed reporter to "f***off" over Benghazi questions? America Rising offers the following challenge to other reporters: "We’ve got one question for journalists: do you have any emails with Reines Clinton’s Department claimed never existed?" It's a good question. Meanwhile, ABC News is reporting that officials at Bill Clinton's presidential library "can't find" a cache of cassette tapes containing private conversations between Clinton and top aides during his time in the Oval Office. Is Team Clinton culling and sanitizing the official record in advance of dHillarious's rumored 2016 run? I'll leave you with this:
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